College of Science and Engineering
SCSU van is mobile lab that brings experiments to area students, teachers
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Nearly every television crime drama eventually takes viewers inside a laboratory to watch as scientists test evidence. Students in the Rocori school district this week and next will get a chance to experiment with some of the equipment seen in those shows. And they’ll learn about science in a laboratory on wheels that St. Cloud State University has been bringing to area schools for more than a year.
The St. Cloud State Science Express is at Rocori this week and next week. Students in grades 3-6 this week will use pipettes to transfer fluids for experiments. Students in grades 9-12 will participate in similar experiments next week, although the curriculum is tailored for different age levels.
St. Cloud State University transformed a semitrailer into a mobile science lab to bring science curriculum to students and professional development to teachers. The Science Express served about 14,000 students in 2010, said Bruce Jacobson, associate professor of biology and director of biobusiness outreach for St. Cloud State. It will travel to several other schools through the first week of May.
By Dave Unze, St. Cloud Times, Jan. 5, 2011